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as everybody else wants to get in, return to their homes, see what's left, law enforcement is having none of it. they're keeping everybody out until that area can be searched and secured. we're in west, texas, nbc news. >>> chemical fires are some of the very hardest to fight. nbc bay area's bob redell just spoke with a fire chief on the peninsula who has experience with these particular fires. he joins us live from the newsroom. it's possible that one can make the situation worse when fighting a chemical blast. >> you are correct, especially considering the chemical involved in yesterday's fire. turns out, it doesn't react well at all with father, which is obviously what firefighters were relying on to put out the flames. menlo park fire chief who's talked about the texas city fertilizer explosion that killed hundreds in the 1940s believes yesterday's disaster will become another one for the textbooks. he has questions about how firefighters responded to the fire. >> did they make it better or worse? >> reporter: that plant reportedly stored tens of thousands of pounds of a type of ammonia, ex
with explosionives. after a shootout, 26 year old tamerlan was pronounced dead at the hospital. federal law enforcement descended on watertown and began a massive man hunt. several explosive devices were detonated. they revealed that the suspects were brothers. 19 year old dzhokar was the one on the loose. the uncle of the two suspects urged his nephew to turn himself in, during an interview recorded around 11:30 am. it was 6:00 when the governor lifted the ban. shots erupted again. federal investigators are told that a person covered in brood is in a woman's back yard. at 8:45 after another round of gunfire officials announced they have the suspect in custody. dozens of people erupt in cheers and clap. >>> we talk about the s.w.a.t. team and the other agencies work together. this was a massive interagency composition of officers is really down-playing it. >> it's really an understatement. and they do it with practice and precision. and we saw how that practice can play out in boston. and other cities like the bay area are taking notice. some 9,000 people from every law enforcement agency n
for the stopping of send ing fingerprins to the government. >> to comply with federal law and we are trying identify the people that should be deported, committed violent crime, and that they no longer reside in our communities. >>> almeida sheriff said he trusted the law enforcement officials to do their job well. >> a changing of the guard in oakland after three months of patrolling the streets the almeida sheriff's department is pulling out of oakland. they failed to come to an agreement with the city to extend the contract. however, the chp today did extent the contract. they will patrol oakland as many as four days a week. this new agreement will go before city council for approval on may seventh. >> translator: the first known members of a terror plot are going to be in court tomorrow. the video shows one of the suspects after his arrest, both men who live in canada have been under surveillance since august. >> to the latest to boston marathon bottoming. the suspect has been charged in that attack. he will be tried in a federal court, if convicted he could face the death penalty. a we
response team has been called in to investigate. law enforcement will be on the scene overnight continuing to sift through the rubble and the community hit by the explosion, hoping to find the victims. now, back to you. >>> okay, thank you, so much kevin. a bay area emergency responder tells us what made the fire in texas so dangerous was the chemical involved. the fire chief said that ammonia doesn't react well with water, which is what they used to try to put out the flames, when the two substances react, it causes the explosives. >> if you have the anhydrous, it will expand the vapor cloud. could that have prepared more problems that they were not aware of? >> there was a chemical explosion in east palo alto, nowhere near the scale of west texas, but the plant shut down when the explosion is happened. that spark caused the chemicals to explode as they were being transferred. >>> and the emotionally charged debate regarding guns is over. and the next issue, immigration reform which figures to be front and center on capitol hill in the coming weeks. sam brock looks at a claim from alabama
, and made it virtually unknown just a week later. and the entirety of the law enforcement that worked this case should be commended for their efforts. >> reporter: court documents also contain new details about thursday night's carjacking. the fbi says surveillance pictures show dzhokhar and tamerlan tsarnaev at a gas station in cambridge where they drove with the owner of the suv they carjacked. one of them, investigators say, began the carjacking by pointing a gun at the driver and saying, "did you hear about the boston explosion? i did that." the carjacker showed the driver that he had bullets in his gun according to the fbi and said, "i'm serious." at the scene of the shootout in watertown where tamerlan tsarnaev was killed, other explosive devices were also found. in an interview for "dateline" nbc, the boston police commissioner says that's one reason he thinks the brothers planned other attacks. >> we had to step over some unexploded devices that they threw at the officers. and i can only understand from that that they had other targets. they were going other places. >> that wa
you spend the day talking to your federal law enforcement sources across the country. >> we are hearing there was no active specific target in california that is receiving special attention but everyone stresses that all agencies remain on high alert status. one of the early keys is the fact that they did recover at least one device that did not detonate. that is key because they are skilled at reverse engineering these devices. we are told the sophistication will help determine the potential suspect or suspects. you can bet they are combing through every piece of video and video cameras in that area. federal agents are currently running down leads internationally and domestically and two sources said today is also tax day. we also confirmed there is no individual or individuals from the bay area currently being investigated for any connection to the boston bombing. and finally two sources say on attacks like this it is not uncommon to have what is called a spike in monitored chatter and communications. both sources said according to federal agents the federal agents did not
to give personal space. a proposed ordinance or law recommended by a city committee would create a buffer zone of 25 feet, right about here, saying protesters cannot cross this line. opponents say this violates their free speech rights and if approved, they will sue. on tuesday, you can find mother of four jamie glenn praying, not at church but here at the planned parenthood in san francisco where she says her group 40 days for life prays for women who are considering abortions and then tries to talk to them. >> maybe they need one last time to hear we'll provide for you financially, or help you find a job. that could be the key. >> reporter: but in two weeks it could be tougher to reach those women. it's likely the board of supervisors will pass an ordinance that creates a 25-foot zone between pro testitesterspr. right now 9 of 11 supports the measure. >> we think that protects access without intimidation but at the same time allowing for free speech. >> reporter: supervisor david campos said he's worked finding a solution with existing laws, the white zone and the eight-foot bubble zone
's cell phone that was in the car so law enforcement could not track her movements. if you take into account the charges of kidnapping, child endangerment and vehicle theft, she faces a max of 10 years in jail, prison. hernandez also supposed to appear in court here tomorrow at the hall of justice on related charges of drug possession and being under the influence of drugs. reporting live here outside the hall of justice in san jose, bob redell, nbc bay area news. >> bob, thanks a lot. in san lorenzo, police figuring out how a woman died in her own driveway. the woman was in her 50s and found early sunday morning lying in a pool of blood just outside of her home near east 14th street. a machine that lives a few doors down tells us that area is regularly patrolled by security. the sheriff's department says the coroner must now determine whether the woman was a victim of a crime. >>> oakland police right now investigating a mugging and shooting in upscale rock ridge neighborhood, an area not known for violent crime. saturday night, a couple was walking on manila avenue when somebo
metropolitan area. only law enforcement, of course, is able to take to the skies in that area. we have what can only be described as an extraordinary situation in a major american city this morning. i want to turn to don berelli, a form fer special agent with the fbi, part of the joint terrorism task force, and has expertise and a security consultant. so much to talk to you about but i think you can't fathom a more dangerous situation for the officers who are responding here. >> absolutely. that was my first thought. it does not get much worse than this. you have somebody who has both weapons and explosives, and it appears they may have this person contained. appears, we don't know that for sure. but the concern, obviously, is could he be in a barricade situation, which is an extremely dangerous position for tactical officers and worse than that, could he take hostages and that's where the danger goes through the roof. this is the concern immediately as far as tactically what is happening on the ground there. then you have the added angle of possible accomplices. what's happening around the cit
on "today in the bay." some 9,000 people from every law enforcement agency near and far descended on boston to help catch the the two men who terrorized the city. coming up on "today in the bay," we sit down with an expert on s.w.a.t. emergency communication to discuss what it takes to keep the country safe from these types of attacks. this and all the morning's top stories coming up at 7:00 on "today in the bay. we'll have another local update for you in 30 minutes. for now, back to the "today" show. [ male announcer ] a car that can actually see like a human, using stereoscopic cameras. ♪ and even stop itself if it has to. ♪ the technology may be hard to imagine. but why you would want it... is not. the 2014 e-class. it doesn't just see the future. it is the future. >>> celebration in the streets of boston. relieved residents there thanking law enforcement officers for their bravery last night. cheering the "usa" after remaining boston bombing suspect was captured. it came after a dramatic end to these events. a hail of gunfire followed a day in which included an unprecedented lockdow
in or out unless you live here, you walk in. law enforcement or member of the media. streets are shut down to traffic as investigators try to find the person responsible. back to you. >> okay. katie davis, thank you from boston. a horrible situation there. of course the streets closed around copley square. it's like times square for new york city where everyone comes to gather especially on this day, patriots day, in boston, massachusetts. terry mcsweeney is on his way to boston right now. once he arrives, he'll gather the latest information on this investigation and will touch base with many of the bay area runners. stay with us throughout this newscast for our continuing coverage of this breaking story. we'll have another update in about 15 minutes. >>> our local and national web teams are also working right now to keep you up to the minute. we have images of the aftermath which have been edited to avoid the bloodiest scenes as well as raw video and interviews from eyewitnesses. it's there for you right now at nbcbayarea.com. >>> their pain is heartbreaking and their despair palpable. fo
nor the press were allowed in and even the d.a.'s office is prohibited by law from talking about it. the family of audrie pott arrived for the detention hearing of the three suspects accused of sexually assaulting the 15-year-old. the hearing came one day after the pott family held a press conference to announce they filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the suspects in civil court. the suit claims that the boys drove audrie to suicide after sexually assaulting her and taking pictures and showed them around school. her mother pleaded for the teens to be tried as adults. >> sexual crimes are not juvenile. sexual assault is an adult crime. these boys distributed the pictures to humiliate and further bully my daughter. >> reporter: the family spokesman thanked the public for its support had little else to say. >> everything in there has to be confidential. >> reporter: the district attorney's office also declined comment on this case citing confidentiali confidentiality. however, the attorney did clarify there are some juvenile offenses that are open to the public by law. >> the publi
are vowing to fight for tougher national gun laws. and that fight is not over. two senators held a town hall meeting in the south bay today, asking for voters' help to push congress to push forward on the matter. nbc bay area's kimberly teree has that story. >> obviously, gun violence and prevention of this violence in our country very much on the minds of my constituents. they certainly voiced their opinions about their deep, deep, deep disappointment. >> the amendment is not agreed. >> of what took place in the united states senate this week. we have moms demanding action. >> reporter: back from washington, representative anna eshoo hosted a town hall meeting in palo alto along with the chairman of the house task force on gun violence prevention. three days ago the senate rejected a bipartisan bill that would have required background checks for all gun purchases, including those made at gun shows. >> it's the first line of defense. now, if we have the background checks, does that mean no criminals will ever again get a gun? no. does it mean the dangerously ill will never again get guns? no
on the individual, why he was allowed to travel abroad and yet there were no flags put on him overseas. >> law enforcement and intelligence agencies try to retrace the older brother's steps leading up to the bombing, all eyes are on boston where investigators hope they can get dzhokhar tsarnaev to talk soon. brian moore, nbc news, washington. >>> one of the runners in the boston marathon was one of the thousands at the lonn marathon paying tribute to the victims of the bombings. the nearly 40,000 runners stood in silence before the race. mark from seattle said today's race was a wonderful experience but last week's tragedy wasn't far from his mind. >> last monday my wife and i were about 200 yards from the finish at boston. and you know, the world fell apart in front of us. the second explosion is probably 100 yards, 100 meters ahead of us. it got very scary for a little while. >> reporter: organizers of the london marathon say they beefed up security for today's event but police say the city is safe and extra security was not in response to a specific direction. >>> new at 5:00, someone fired
hearings going on. >> reporter: by law none of the parties involved can discuss a detention hearing held this morning for the three teenage suspects accused of sexually assaulting 15-year-old audrie pott, because those suspects are considered minors. we do know that the pott family was present and that everyone was told by the judge that everyone needed to make sure no details got out. a short time later, the family cancelled a planned interview with nbc news today. yesterday audrie's mother, father and stepmother announced they filed a civil lawsuit against the three teens, saying by sexually assaulting audrie while she was drunk last labor day weekend and showing pictures of the assault at school, they drove the 15-year-old girl to suicide. in addition to the civil suit, the family is pushing hard to have the teen suspects tried as adults. >> these types of crimes are not juvenile. sexual assault is an adult crime. these boys distributed the pictures to humiliate and further bully my daughter. >> reporter: today the family spokesman reiterated the issue of confidentiality. >> everythin
stores but not restaurants. the new law urges people to bring reusable bags. shoppers without bags will be charged 10 cents for each paper bag. plastic can be used for produce, meat and prescriptions. >>> let's check in with meteorologist jeff ranieri who picked a beautiful week to come back to work. >> a nice return across the bay area with temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s. some of the hottest weather in the interior valleys where a bit of a north wind was enough to push you into the 90 degree territory. 90 in santa rosa. 92 in santa teresa. 91 in napa and 70 in santa cruz. the interesting thing about temperatures right now is not where it continues to be warm like in the south bay with plenty of low 80s. santa cruz 59 degrees. a surge of marine layer and clouds is cooling you off dramatically and that will be impacting everyone with huge cool downs coming our way this week. let's get a live look outside of our sky camera network. in san jose it is clear. not a lot in the way of gusty winds. in palo alto we are suffering with a little bit of haze in the atmosphere. and th
, law enforcement officials are keeping a very close eye on the internet, specifically sites that show people how to make destructive devices. nbc's senior investigative correspondent lisa myers has that part of the story, good morning. >> matt, good morning to you. regardless of who committed this atrocity it's clear these days that anyone with a grievance and the will can learn how to become a terrorist simply by going online. now authorities are trying to use some of these sites to their advantage. the latest evidence bomb makers have taken their teachings to the web this online al qaeda publication posted last month, a guide to carrying out terror attacks including detailed illustrated recipes for pressure cooker bombs, the kind investigators say was used in boston. >> the internet has brought terrorism to the web. it's made it go viral. anybody can look online and find out how to make a bomb. it is a frightening development. >> a similar terrorist manual, how to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom, was posted three years ago. prosecutors say it was used by this former muslim-am
say there's between 5 and 15 deaths. also three to five firefighters remain missing. one law enforcement official previously unaccounted for has been found. he is now in serious condition at a local hospital. back to you. >> gabe gutierrez in west, texas for us earlier this morning. earlier we spoke to derek hurt. he's the guy who reported the dramatic moment of the explosion. on the tape you can hear the panic in his daughter's voice as she screams, i can't hear, i can't hear. so i began by asking derek how everyone is doing this morning? >> good. her inner ear is a little sore, but other than that, we do have our full hearing back. >> you were driving in the area, you saw the flames initially. during they were coming from that fertilizer plant? or did you think they were coming from something else? >> we thought maybe it was the high school. we drove over to check it out and saw that it was the fertilizer plant burning. we were going to shoot a little video of it and get out of there. we just didn't make it out in time. >> can you give me an idea how close you were to the b
in consultation with mayor thomas menino, governor patrick. every single one of the law enforcement partners that were involved in this operation, we examined all of the facts, and came to the conclusion that at that point in time, at that juncture, we felt that either the suspects had fled the area or there was not enough specific information to keep the city in . . . . . . . our inquiry. >> but based on the fact that the government of russia contacted the united states, whether the fbi found something or not, do you think the boston police department should have been made aware of that situation, a guy like that living in your community? >> well, let me stress, matt, i >> let me stress, matt, i don't have specific information about the international conversations that were going on, but i can tell you we are looking at everything and that will be certainly part of the review. >> boston police commissioner ed davis. thank you very much. >> thank you, sir. >>> now here's savannah. >>> we are learning more about the suspects this morning as investigators dig in to their past for clues. today
. >> there has been so much conversation yet, but tonight law enforcement officials say they are getting some responses. nbc's pete williams has more on that, and more on how the intense manhunt came to an end on friday. >> reporter: though he lies under guard in a boston hospital in serious condition with gunshot wounds, including one to throat, federal officials say dzhokhar tsarnaev is beginning to respond to a few questions from a team of federal investigators. he is being questioned for brief periods, officials say, because of his condition, and he is responding mostly in writing. but he has difficulty speaking because of his throat wound, which some investigators say could be the result of a suicide attempt. newly released video from police helicopter shows how he was arrested. an armored vehicle with a robotic arm tore away a tarp covering a bet on a backyard trailer where he was hiding friday night. in this thermal image, the heat from his body clearly shows him lying in the boat. agents threw in small stun grenades, and a short time later he was under arrest. police radio relayed the
're following. in cooperation with u.s. officials, canadian law enforcement officials say they have foiled a plot to blow up a passenger train. what can you tell me about that? >> reporter: a passenger train, matt, from new york to ontario. it would be on canada's version of amtrak. they got onto it lastfall when they got a tip from the ka madian muslim community. authorities have been watching these two men closely since then. they say the plot was inspired by al qaeda in iran which they say was providing, quote, direction and guidance. now according to officials in both the u.s. and canada this plot never got to the stage of acquiring explosives, but even so he, these officials say the two men have both the intent and the capability of following through with it, matt. >> frightening possibility. thanks very much. >>> we are following two major stories this morning when it comes to flying. federal officials are putting on hold a new rule that would allow small knives back on planes. it was supposed to take effect on thursday but it has received strong opposition from flight crews and some
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